Gadkari Receives Threat Calls: A team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) reached Nagpur on Thursday to probe the threat calls received at Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s office. An official said a person with links to Lashkar-e-Taiba is the prime suspect behind the threat calls.
Police said that on January 14, a call was received on the landline number at Gadkari’s official residence in Nagpur from Jayesh Pujari alias Kanta. He demanded Rs 100 crore from Gadkari on the first threat call, claiming to be a member of the Dawood Ibrahim gang. He made a second call on March 21 asking for Rs 10 crore.
Revealed in the police investigation, the accused had links with Lashkar
Police investigation found that Jayesh Pujari had links with operatives of Lashkar-e-Taiba and had also taken arms training from militants in the North East of the country. After the police investigation, the Ministry of Home Affairs had directed the NIA to start the investigation.
The accused, Jayesh Pujari, was brought to Nagpur on March 28 after police invoked the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). Although he is in jail, the threat call was the third this month.
According to the police, a team of NIA has reached Nagpur. The team has taken possession of the documents of the case registered at Dhantoli police station. Further investigation is on.